Hwy 49 CLOSED Following Fatal 49 Crash Near Springfield

Hwy 49 CLOSED Following Fatal 49 Crash Near Springfield

Hwy 49 CLOSED Following Fatal 49 Crash Near Springfield

STORY UPDATED

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Hwy 49 just outside Springfield is currently closed due to a fatal head-on crash.

The accident occurred around 7:28 am near the intersection of Raymond Head Rd between Springfield and Coopertown. According to officials, the roadway will likely remain closed until 9:30 AM.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robertson County EMS, the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. Springfield Police are diverting traffic at New Chapel Rd. LOCATION OF CRASH

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, at least one person (female) has lost their life in the crash. The THP’s CIRT (Critical Incident Response Team) is on the scene now. The surviving driver may be facing charges, the THP said.

As more information is released, including the identity of the victim, we will bring it to you.  RELOAD THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES.

UPDATE: Hwy 49 is back open.

UPDATE: According to the THP, Ricardo Avina Rosales, 26, of Springfield Tennessee, behind the wheel of a 2008 BMW 335, was traveling Westbound on Hwy 49 when he lost control while trying to pass a vehicle.

Rosales then went into the Eastbound lanes and struck a 2008 Ford Fusion with Linda Dyer, 43 of Pleasant View Tennessee driving head-on. Rosales’ vehicle then rolled over into a ditch. Dyer’s vehicle came to rest on the right shoulder after impact, she did not survive the crash.

According to Robertson County EMS, Dyer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Rosales is facing Criminal Charges of Reckless Vehicular Homicide and Driving on Suspended D.L.. A toxicology report was also requested for Rosales, standard procedure in a fatal crash.

UPDATE: Rosales is being held in the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield. His bond has been set at $251,500.

The THP added that both drivers were wearing safety restraints.